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If the phone is hidden in your pocket or purse... you won't see the screen or the light. But that's not where the light comes in handy.The light is for the times when you're away from your phone and you return to it. You can see if you have any missed notifications without waking the phone.And 9 times out of 10... the front of the phone is most visible... not the back. That's why manufacturers have historically put the notification light on the front of the phone.All...
It would only become a problem if Apple stopped making money... which I can't imagine will happen in my lifetime.Apple has a ridiculous income. They don't have a finite amount of cash... they're constantly adding more.They make enough money to buy a "Beats" every 30 days if they wanted to.And it would only be considered a waste if they didn't gain anything from it. Even if we don't know why Apple bought Beats... they know.In short... Apple had the money to cover the Beats...
I don't know how it is on the Mac and Safari since I use Windows and Chrome... but I have Feedly bookmarked on my desktop browser and I use Newsify on my iPhone.It works well enough for me!
RSS is alive and well. Personally... I'm using RSS now more than ever.When Google Reader shut down... I switched to Feedly. And now I follow over 150 different blogs and websites.
Thank you for understanding what I'm talking about Old Blackberries had a subtle LED notifier... and even brand new Galaxy S and other modern smartphones do too. It gently and continually blinks if you have a notification... and doesn't blink when you don't. And it's on the front of the phone too! Wow!I don't know why TS is so against that. I think it's a very useful feature.Just for fun... I turned on the "LED Flash for Alerts" under "Accessibility" on my iPhone... and...
Look man... I've been following you for years. I like you. But maybe I'm not understanding this one topic.Yes... if you have a notification that you need to take action on... you will need to turn on the screen.But if your phone has an LED notification light... it NOT blinking would tell you that you DON'T need to check your phone. That's what the LED is supposed to do.If it's blinking... check your phone and take action.If it's not blinking... keep your hands off!...
You're basically saying that front notification LEDs are pointless... because you could just turn on the screen instead.But the whole reason phones have front notification LEDs is so you don't have to turn on the screen to see if you have notifications.I don't understand why you're so against that.I've owned numerous phones that have front notification LEDs. I like them. Others do too.Do people really complain when their phone have a screen and a notification LED? Oh...
Very true... that's a sexy implementation.Now if only the other 1,000 smartphone models had that feature.Motorola seems to have have great ideas. Active Display on the Moto X shows you information when you need it... the Droid Maxx laughs at the "wall huggers" always searching for power.It's shame Motorola has changed ownership twice in 18 months though.
I get it... you're saying "why do you need a notification LED if you have the screen?"Do you know how many times people push the home button to illuminate the entire screen just to check for missed notifications? That's where a little blinking LED comes into play... and that's why many phones have them. (or had them)Yes... the screen lights up when you have a new notification. This isn't about that.The problem is... the screen does not stay on to keep notifying you if...
Here was my train of thought:Notification LED... Yes or No?If yes.... Front or Back?I'm just trying to figure out why you think the BACK of the phone is the proper place to put a notification LED?Yes... the iPhone already had an LED there... so why not. No harm done.But that's not where I would put a notification LED if I was designing a phone from scratch.This article talks about the possibility of illuminated buttons... there is a button on the front... so a...
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